- M • 10/05/1992 • 29 years old
When asked why he’s doing the Mini Transat, Romain Tellier has a pragmatic response; “why not?” Originally from the Bouches-du-Rhône in southern France, the skipper of the prototype Guenifey cut his sailing teeth on an Optimist and then a Hobie Cat, before setting sail across the horizon for two years with his family.
Two years during which time he learned all about mechanics, electricity as well as ocean survival. “I learnt to live aboard a boat, how to approach calm and rough seas, deal with breakage, effect repairs with the means available aboard the boat, understand the weather… In short, it was an intense course in offshore sailing”, he explains, and in so doing he has effectively already completed no fewer than four transatlantic and one transpacific passage.
“What appeals to me about the Mini Transat is the adventure aspect. Modern means of communication are not allowed and therefore we’re left to our own devices on our tiny boats. It’s really intriguing. It adds another dimension to it”, enthuses Romain who, following his studies in geology and his first work experience in a geotechnical company, decided to redirect his career towards taking a Yachtmaster certificate. “I hope to make it to the other side with the boat in one piece, enjoy myself out at sea and have a good laugh with the others on land. I’m going to do my best and give my all. A Top 5 in Guadeloupe would be cool”, concludes the skipper, whose Maximum is none other than the winner of the last two editions, in the hands of Ian Lipinski and then François Jambou.
- Boat Number: 865
- Boat Race Name: Guénifey - Stid
- Category: Proto
- Building year: 2014
- Architecte: Raison
- Énergie à bord: Panneaux solaires
- EEPU La Lande de Fronsac, 33240 La Lande de Fronsac